Georgie Lynch shares her horse Merlin, a 16.2 Irish draft, with Charlotte Sheringham whom she found through website yours2share. Here are the current horse share listings.
Georgie, a 33 year old software business development manager from Warfield in Berkshire, has shared several of her horses before, but always with friends or friends of friends. This is the first time she has advertised for a sharer and the first time she has shared Merlin.
Georgie: “Merlin is a big strong horse. I knew I had to find someone who could cope with him and on whom I could depend. I’d had a few sharers in the past who were friends of friends, but they were often unreliable. It has been easier to work with someone I didn’t previously know. I had several replies through yours2share. One early response she came over to meet and ride Merlin, but it was clear she didn’t have sufficient experience. Because I didn’t know her, I found it easier to tell her politely that she wasn’t suitable.”
Georgie: “In fact Charlotte replied to a different yours2share ad posted by someone else in my yard, whose horse is in the next box to Merlin. When Charlotte came to the yard, it was clear that Charlotte was a little heavy for this horse. But Merlin was perfect for her. Charlotte then suggested a colleague as the sharer for the other horse and this sharing arrangement is also going well. yours2share has enabled two shares.”
Georgie: “I’m so lucky. Charlotte is a perfect sharer. She is takes Merlin out two or three times a week for a hack, turns up on time, and helps out in every way. I compete with Merlin most weekends but during the week I just don’t have enough time to spend with him and take him hacking.”
Charlotte Sheringham, a 35 year old ambulance controller from Farnborough, had owned a horse before and wanted to return to riding. She had also shared a horse for a while before the horse was put on permanent loan. Her 18 year old son also rides and she was looking for a horse that they could both ride.
Charlotte: “Georgie and I hit it off right from the start and everyone in the yard gave me a great welcome. I thought my constantly changing shift patterns would make it hard to find a horse share, but Georgie fits her riding around my shifts during the week. We agree the times each week in advance when I know when my shifts will be.”
Charlotte: “I found yours2share on Google and it was easy to use. I’ve recommended it to several friends and colleagues, both for horse shares and other assets, particularly property.”